One of the things we sometimes find when performing routine service on oil-fired heating systems in eastern Vermont homes is a build-up of sludge in the fuel filter.
This thick, waxy sludge forms when dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel accumulate at the bottom of your tank (the fuel is oxidized by bacteria that grows in the presence of condensation resulting from temperature changes). Once it gets in your filter, it can alter the performance of your heating system.
The filter is not the only component of your system that sludge can impact: a routine heating oil fill-up can dredge sludge from the bottom of your tank and suck it into the fuel supply lines. Once the thickened oil enters the fuel system, it can cause problems in a number of locations, reducing your efficiency and perhaps even leading to system breakdown.
What can you do to prevent a sludge problem in your heating oil tank this winter and beyond? Here are three key actions you should take:
Contact the heating pros at Junction Fuels today to schedule maintenance for your heating oil system or a heating oil delivery– or to learn more about our expert heating oil equipment installation and maintenance services in Greater Woodstock, VT, including Bridgewater, Killington, Bethel, Hanover, and beyond!